Jail term in revenge porn case is a warning to others, say police

Police are asking for witnesses
Police are asking for witnesses

Police say the jailing of a former boyfriend who threatened to publish intimate pictures of his ex online should be a warning to others.

The 23 year old from Kempston, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been jailed for three years after threatening he would post the private images on social media unless his ex-girlfriend paid him.

Det Con Stevene Wharton said: “This lengthy sentence behind bars should serve as a deterrent to anyone tempted to commit this abhorrent kind of act. Blackmail and the publication of revenge porn are criminal offences and cause a great deal of trauma for the victims involved.

“It is important that anyone tempted to send intimate photos is aware that once sent, they cannot be retrieved or permanently deleted.

“We would urge anyone to think twice before sending such images, and would also remind those aged under 18 that sharing indecent images of children is also criminal offence which carries a severe sentence.”

A recent change in law has come into effect to protect those whose intimate photos are shared online.

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act, effective since April, prohibits the disclosure of private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, commonly referred to as revenge porn.

If you or someone you know is being threatened with or is subject to revenge porn offences, call Bedfordshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 or text 07786 200 011. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more about revenge porn, visit the Bedfordshire Police website at www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/revenge_porn.

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